What to expect in Jazz this month? This is our August 2021 Selection of albums already released or to be released this month (What to Wait For?). Albums – or EPs, or Singles – that got our full attention and should be worth your time.
A playlist with one track per selected album is available at the end of the post.
What to Wait For:
“Jean-Jacques Rojer takes musical elements from the broad swath of the African diaspora to create his unique take on jazz, a swinging mix of Afro-Caribbean, Latin, and swinging pulses, on his new recording, Soko. “
— Sunnyside Records
Jean-Jacques Rojer: guitar & percussion; Warren Wolf: vibraphones; John Benitez: acoustic bass; Jeff “Tain” Watts: drums; Pernell Saturnino: percussion.
Released date: 2021 Aug 6
I Want To Sing My Heart Out In Praise of Life
Inspired by legendary artist Yayoi Kusama, I Want To Sing My Heart Out In Praise of Life is a six-part suite as colorful, hallucinated, and total as you would expect it to be.
Adi Meyerson: bass; Marquis Hill: trumpet; Anne Drummond: flute; Lucas Pino: bass clarinet, saxophone; Sam Towse: keys; Kush Abadey: drums; Eden Girma: spoken word; Sabeth Perez, Camille Thurman: vocals
Released date: 2021 Aug 6
Power Of Soul, The Music Of CTI
Nine tracks to celebrate the CTI Records‘ catalague, a “label unfairly considered as minor” says Julien Loureau; one to commemorate his long time friend Bojan Z’s recently departed brother.
Julien Lourau: tenor, soprano saxophones; Arnaud Roulin: analog synthesizers; Léo Jassef: piano & prophet 5; Sylvain Daniel: bass; Jim Hart: drums, percussions, vibes, marimba.
Released date: 2021 Aug 20
(We Jazz Records)
“The new Lassy sound is tight, swinging and funky, led by the strong and riff-ready sax of the tenorman. That being said, the album’s sound is not limited to that of the swinging trio. Lassy’s new vision also brings in some subtle electronics (played by Lassy, Dalindèo frontman Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen and Ilmiliekki Quartet pianist Tuomo Prättälä) and lush strings performed by Budapest Art Orchestra as arranged by Finnish artist Marzi Nyman. It’s a new sound for Lassy, but one which keeps true to his no-nonsense cookin’ on the tenor.”
— We Jazz
Timo Lassy: tenor saxophone; Ville Herrala: double bass; Jaska Lukkarinen: drums
Released date: 2021 Aug 27
New Releases – August 2021 – Albums’ List:
- Jean-Jacques Rojer – Soko
- Adi Meyerson – I Want To Sing My Heart Out In Praise of Life
- Julien Lourau – Power Of Soul, The Music Of CTI
- Timo Lassi – Trio
Discover the Best of Jazz – Year 2021 (so far) full post.
Listen to those tracks on our Spotify playlist “2021 (so far”).